brownalegirl (199) - Fountain, Michigan, USA - FEB 26, 2002
Lovely beer - rich and warm and satisfying.................................. modernspartan (6) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2007 does not count
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I love, love, love this beer. I wish it wasn’t seasonal. A cool brown kaleidoscope when poured in the glass. Tasty.Not chewy. cigarsnbeer (146) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - MAY 18, 2005
Even though this really isn’t an "alt" but more of a porter, I don’t understand the low scores. This beauty is rich and creamy and very malty. Please if you’ve reviewed this beer in the past, try it again, I think with an open mind you may really like this beer SavageElvis (134) - Savage, Minnesota, USA - OCT 16, 2007
This beer has a very pleasant dark brown to black body with a medium sized tan head. The aroma is a nice blend of malt and fruity hops. The flavor is a little more malt than hops but, the hops are present with a fruity twang. A smooth and easy drinking medium bodied ale, with hints of coffee, caramel and chocolate. This is an outstanding and terrific tasting beer. Far and above the best product Schell’s turns out. Now they just need to make it a year around brew.
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 27, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2006 UPDATEII (August 24, 2003): I’d heard that Schell’s was discontinuing this brew so I ran out and got another sixer. Still the same great combination of tastes as I’ve come to know & love. This is one of my top beers, for good reason--nice palate, great taste and it also looks nice in my trusty ale tumbler. I really hope they don’t pull the plug on this! UPDATE: The second batch I tried is even better than the first! Lots of malt flavor with a follow-up of hops near the end. This is great beer!
INITIAL RATING: I’d seen this stuff in the cooler at our local beer outlet for a long time but never gave it a go...now I’m kicking myself for waiting so long. This stuff is great. I’d never tried an ’alt’ style beer before so this is my first taste. Because of that, it’s tough for me to compare it with anything else. It has a nice, malty character without being sweet and comes through with a nice hoppy finish.
I really like it! psark (54) - Binghamton, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2007
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2010 Flinty, maltic but well balanced with hops. Creamy on the tongue. Hint of cherry on the nose. Good for sitting around with friends. Gets better as it reaches warm temperatures OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - JAN 16, 2011
This was a definite winner. Pours a dark brown with a quickly diminishing off-white head. Roasted hops and caramel flavor with a nice chocolaty caramel finish. The best schell brew by far! beerlovinman99 (124) - USA - JUL 9, 2002
Are there actually hops in this sucker? It's hard to tell because all you can taste are the malts. That's OK -- this is an excellent dark, rich altbier. detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2007
Served at cellar temperature, and poured into my tall, straight-sided Gosser glass, this beer is dark brown with a huge frothy head of tan foam. The head bubbles down in a minute or so. Moderate lacing. Mildly fruity and chocolate malt in the aroma.
Nice sweetish chocolate malt flavor, not overly complex, and truthfully, not really ‘alt-like.’ A nice hop bitterness comes into play in the finish with some additional bitter roasted chocolate malt. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel, prominent carbonation, and medium body. Very drinkable (he says after polishing off his second and looking for the bottle opener again).
Even though I’m not convinced its an altbier, I really enjoy drinking this beer, and have missed it during its absence. I am very glad it is back.
As Eric Clapton once sang:
“Hello old friend,
Its really good to see you once again.”